I am absolutely exhausted. It has been the busiest week I can remember in a long time.
On top of the regular school stuff, the Judson College Equestrian Team is off getting ready for what seems like too many things at once. I guess it is really only two “things” but the preparation for one is more then enough to go around at a time.
The first event that we are getting ready for is, of course, our up coming show season. Our first show of the season is the second weekend in October and I think I may actually be ready for this one. We have had six classes so far that we have ridden in and I feel like I am making much better progress then I was making this time last year. Granted I still have a lot of work to do too. I think it is going to be a good year. Now, the getting ready does make life a little hectic. This week for example we had a full dress day. Now that in itself may not have been that bad, but since it was in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, between two classes, it made getting my horse ready, groomed and tacked, and myself ready, dressed, hair and makeup done, rather rushed. Plus I had to watch the video of me ride and write a review on it. So, it is safe to say that I was a little late. That’s ok though, because it is a really good opportunity to see areas that I need to work on. Plus, I had talked to the professor of my next class ahead of time so she knew that I would probably be late.
The second thing that the Equestrian Team has been working on getting ready for is the Equine Preview Day. This is an event similar to Judson Preview days and Scholarship days, but the emphasis is on the equine department and the new major in that field as well as the new equine facility. As a part of this day the Judson College Equestrian Team will be performing riding routines as an example of the types of things we do during our classes. That means that we have to choreograph routines. This seems to be slightly complicated for my class because our routine is actually going to incorporate riders from the other Western Team class. This would not be a problem other then the fact that there is not a time that we can work together, so we are having to work out a routine in each class and then combine them together, without ever actually getting to practice together. I think it is going to work out ok, but there is some skepticism among team members.
The Equine Preview Day is on Saturday, September 25, and I encourage everyone to come. I personally believe that all of the routines are going to work perfectly fine, plus in addition to the Western Team routine I am performing the opening flag routine along with Andrea Luckie. We will be using the same routine that we used during the Marion Rodeo this summer. It is going to be a great day to learn about Judson, especially the Equine department, and I really hope to see all of you there!